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Shellie Bailey and Andrei Meintjes

Owners of Burleigh’s new mid-century furniture store Collectika know a thing or two about what’s hot in design trends worldwide. Which is great news for those of us who are absolutely obsessed with homewares and particularly those of the vintage variety.

We sat down for a chat with Shellie and Andrei about the stories each piece has to tell and the current design trends they love most. 

How long have you been Gold Coast locals?
Not long at all. We moved up from Sydney in May this year. One of the best things we have ever done.

What do you love most about living here?
The laidback lifestyle – everything is so easy and not at all hectic like Sydney. And the fact that we can access the ocean in one direction, and the hinterland in the other. It soothes our collective souls. And let’s not forget the quality of local and organic food production.

Tell us about your new store Collectika…
We specialise in everything mid-century and vintage. For the uninitiated… things from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. We’re tucked away in a little warehouse in Burleigh Heads, where we curate an ever-changing, eclectic collection of bespoke original furniture, collectibles and decor pieces. From rosewood, to teak, to Italian, Danish and from far away corners of the globe, if we like, we buy it.

How did you come to open a space in Burleigh?
We wanted somewhere that resonated with us personally and Burleigh has a certain bohemian quality, similar to where we’re from in the inner west of Sydney. We were looking for a cosmopolitan beachside alternative to Sydney, and while Andrei was in Burleigh on a TV commercial (he art directs and set decorates for TV commercials for his ‘real’ job) he called me in Sydney and said, “lets move here”… and three years later we did. People seem really open and accepting of us newcomers. We’ve felt welcome.

What’s unique about the products you sell there?
All of our products are at least 45 years old. We assess every item before it comes into the store. If something is in amazing original condition, we’ll leave it as is, to let it tell its story. However, most things do need a little bit of extra TLC before they go to their new homes. We carefully manage the restoration and upholstery process to retain as much of the original integrity of the piece as possible. We’re all about authenticity and character. Many of our customers tell us stories of the pieces they have that have passed through the generations, and that they are using in the same contemporary way as they were then. These pieces are functional and aesthetic – and they surely withstand the test of time. They are not showroom items at all, and are meant to be lovingly used in the home.

From where do you source everything?
We source from around the globe. We’re not locked into any method… it’s an organic thing for us. A lot of our stock finds us, there’s a lot of vintage ‘gold’ to be discovered right here in our own backyard!

What are some interior design trends you love at the moment?
We’re noticing Ligne Roset’s Togo sofas everywhere we look at the moment. Originally designed in 1973, it’s great to see such a design classic enjoy a well-deserved renaissance. Concrete and layers of black seem to be on-trend, which really make a fantastic base for expanding on colour choices with textiles, soft furnishings, and paint finishes. 

What’s the plan for the rest of 2019?
To keep on collecting and selling. We’re hoping to grow our local clientele and get to know them as regulars like we did in Sydney. The fun bit is being able to source items for our customers and in the process, get to know their personal style.

Favourites on the Coast:
Coffee spot: Currumbin Valley Harvest
Cafe for breakfast: Parlour at West Burleigh
Restaurant for dinner: The Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club is always a winner for an early dinner… that view!
How does your weekend usually look: A perfect Sunday for us would start by going to an organic farmer’s market and buying all of our food for the coming week. The four of us (we have a 3 year old daughter and a 17 year old dog-baby) would then ride our bikes to the beach and hang out for a few hours, grab a bug roll from Rickshores for a late lunch and come home for an afternoon siesta.

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